What is Coaching?
The International Coach Federation defines coaching as
partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential, which is particularly important in today’s uncertain and complex environment. Coaches honor the client as the expert in his or her life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole. Standing on this foundation, the coach’s responsibility is to:
- Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve
- Encourage client self-discovery
- Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies
- Hold the client responsible and accountable
This process helps clients dramatically improve their outlook on work and life, while improving their leadership skills and unlocking their potential.
What is Co-Active Coaching?
In the words of the Coaches Training Institute:
In our performance-rewarding environment, it’s easy to lose sight of the value of real connection, intimacy, self-awareness, listening deeply to and nurturing others – the very qualities that inform and inspire what we do, restore us and give our lives fulfilling meaning.
The Co-Active Model balances self-awareness, a keen agility with relationships, and courageous action to create an environment where individuals can be deeply fulfilled, connected to others and successful in what matters most.
The magic happens in the dance between “Co” and “Active” — action that arises from presence, deep relationship and context…and presence that is channeled into dynamic action and contribution.
Is Co-Active Coaching Life or Business coaching?
Co-Active Coaching touches all aspects of a client’s life – we do not separate our lives into discrete parts; how we live outside work affects our work life and vice versa. To live a fulfilled and balanced life we integrate all aspects of our lives: health, work, family, recreation, finance, etc. We’re all human beings after all!
For a full list of FAQ’s about coaching you can visit the ICF’s FAQ page.